ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently Baldwin County President Henry Craig, with certificates for completing the Leadership Development and Quality of Life / Social Issues specialty course requirements of Lifelong Learning Academy. President Craig was honored at the ACCG County Reconnect conference at the Savannah Convention Center in Chatham County. He is one of six Georgia statewide commissioners to be certified in the eight specialist tracks offered by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
The ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have worked together for more than two decades to provide county officials with additional training and educational tools through the Lifelong Learning Academy. With many courses to choose from, every county official has a tailored learning experience that enables them to excel in specific areas of expertise.
“County officials face many challenges and the ever-changing circumstances in which they must govern local communities in Georgia,” said Dave Wills, Executive Director of CAGC. “The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help them meet these challenges. I commend County Chiefs such as Henry Craig who take full advantage of educational opportunities to deepen their knowledge of how to better serve their communities.
The Lifelong Learning Academy was established with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the decision-making issues and challenges that county officials regularly face. To ensure that course and curriculum requirements remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – made up of County Commissioners and staff from ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia – meets regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has succeeded in equipping county officials with the skills to meet the needs of their constituents.
President Craig said, “Responding to the needs of citizens through county governments is complex. State and federal laws and the requirements they create never end. The education I have received through ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia has been invaluable in serving the citizens of Baldwin County. I will continue to seek the education necessary to ensure that my service is in the best interests of our citizens. “
The CCAA is the Georgia County association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, community programs and programs. ‘insurance and pension specializing in the needs of local governments and other cost reduction programs. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway service, ACCG today serves as a catalyst in moving Georgia counties forward. For more information, visit www.accg.org.